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Live 93 [Import]

The Orb Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0000018H8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Plateau
2. Oobe
3. Little Fluffy Clouds
4. Star 6 And 7 8 9
5. Towers Of Dub
6. Blue Room
Disc: 2
1. Valley
2. Perpetual Dawn
3. Assassin
4. Outlands
5. Spanish Castels In Space
6. A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Loving U)

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With more than two hours of music, this is a hard-core Orb experience. However, fans and newcomers alike should not be intimidated, because Live 93 offers coherent, wonderfully recorded versions of some of the band's greatest moments. Indeed, many of the tracks included here are even better than their album versions ("Towers of Dub," for example, is absolutely devastating). While no one has ever accused the Orb of condensing their music, the tracks here feel even less constrained by the notion of time. Free to wander up, over, and around the music, the Orb let no thought go unexplored. Bass lines rumble like tectonic plates, melodies echo and float gravity-free, and all the while samples drift in and out of view, as if "Dr." Alex Patterson were scanning the universe with some jerrybuilt, deep-space radio. Tune in, turn on... --S. Duda

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best sound around! 20 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album IS the best of the orb. Every single lengthy track has been performed live to a standard that far betters its album counterpart. The orb have always been consistently good on their releases, but this album condenses every ounce of blissfull, bassy, ambient, drugged up, chilled out tune-age and slaps it into a two disk compilation that will entertain anyone who wants to relax to music at any time of day, anywhere.
More like a 'sound and bass' experience than real tunes, it also steers clear of full on ambient themes (and the consequent boredom people with 'normal music' tastes would suffer). Yet each magical sounding, voice sample laden track spans around 10 mins!
If you're strapped for cash and cant buy all this bands stuff or just bored of the popular chill-out bands of the moment, go retro and fork out for a band who sound like no-one else!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Orb, Live 1993. 15 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
"What were the skies like when you were young?" A question that still reverberates around the heads of a lot of people my age, ie, in their (whisper it!) Late twenties/early thirties.

There's a reason for that and the reason, invariably is the track Little Fluffy Clouds off this album. The live version is even more powerful than the studio version and that's really saying something.

There are however many other tracks which will grab the imagination. If you can imagine an ambient, electronic Pink Floyd, this is pretty much the closest you'll get.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever?!?!?!? 2 Mar 2003
By Guy
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic 2cd set - nearly 2 1/2 hours worth of incredible ambient/dub. I can listen to this over and over again and i still find it quite breath-taking. Also features a great sleeve!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re: Best of T'Orb 18 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love this album dearly, if you need an overview of what the Orb are about, this is it!

Very twiddly, not exactly tuneful but lets you drift away blissfully into your own subconcious (the shortest track is just under 9 minutes). Phones ring, planes fly, pot flies into haybales, it's a mad journey through soundscapes. If you like your music experimental and long-winded, take your phone off the hook and chill...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome psychedelic ambient music 29 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant example of ambient music at it's best. Most of the songs are fabulous mixes of old seventies musical influences and pure ambient sounds. On top of everything the sound is great and really gives your hifi a serious challenge.
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